Local Staff

Division Office

Kathleen Davis

Kathleen Davis
Executive Director

Kathleen Davis is the Executive Director at the National Kidney Foundation. She feels fortunate to work with a wonderful NKF team both locally and nationally, a very involved, professional and talented Advisory Board and Medical Advisory Board as well as dedicated volunteers who are the heart of our market. "It is an honor and privilege to serve the community with the programs we offer patients and medical professionals."

Along with her fiancé Jeff and daughter Rachel, Kathleen enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Kourtney Ilbery

Kourtney Ilbery
Senior Development Manager

Kourtney has been with the National Kidney Foundation since March of 2020 as the Development Manager and was recently promoted to Senior Development Manager. Her passion for the nonprofit sector and helping communities in need came from losing her Great Grandmother to kidney disease in 2008. She is originally from Bluford, IL, but moved to the St. Louis Metro East region in 2015. Kourtney holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Webster University. In her spare time, Kourtney enjoys walking and biking the Madison County trails with her husband, Noah, and bernedoodle named Charles Barkley.

Maggie Zysk

Maggie Zysk
Development Coordinator

Maggie Zysk is the Development Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation. She just recently graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Marketing. Her passion for events and helping others has led her in assisting many within the community to raise awareness for individuals affected by kidney disease. Maggie is from Imperial, Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, or anywhere they are together.

Jaelyn Peebles

Jaelyn Peebles
Program Manager

Jaelyn Peebles is the Program Manager for the National Kidney Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is continuing her education as a Master of Public Health candidate at Tufts University. Jaelyn has a passion for identifying health disparities and bringing awareness to her community. Kidney disease is a large public health issue and bringing awareness and providing educational programs for this community is a huge goal for Jaelyn. In her spare time, Jaelyn likes to try new restaurants, shop and spend time with her family and puppy, Cash.


Directions to our office:
We are located at 1001 Craig Road Suite 480 Saint Louis, MO 63146-6217, approximately 1 mile from Highway 270 and approximately 2 miles west of Lindbergh Boulevard in the Oaks Building directly off of Craig Road. There's a Dierberg's Shopping Center located across the street.

Volunteer Opportunities

As with other non-profit organizations, volunteers are crucial to our success. Volunteers enable our staff to serve more patients, fund more research and offer more community and professional educational materials and opportunities. For more information about our opportunities please review our Volunteer Handbook or contact Maggie Zysk.

  • Office Volunteer: Volunteers will receive a brief on-site training that will occur upon arrival at the office. Activities includes making thank you calls, putting together event and education materials, writing thank you notes and helping with other administrative tasks.
  • Event Volunteer: Help us on event day by setting up, breaking down and otherwise helping ensure a successful event. Opportunities are available for our Gala, Walk, Professional Education Conference and the KEEP Healthy public screening program.
  • Committee Member: Play a leadership and fundraising role by helping organize one of our four signature events. You will be responsible for attending monthly or bi-monthly meetings to discuss upcoming events/ programs specifics. Committee Members will be expected to work as team, bringing fresh ideas, business connections, sponsors, volunteers and donors that will support the NKF.
  • Advisory Board of Directors: Help the National Kidney Foundation advance our mission of awareness, prevention and treatment to those with, and at risk for, kidney disease in Kansas City. Our Directors are expected to introduce the NKF to new community and business leaders, provide insight to our strategic direction and help us achieve our fundraising goals.

Local Board

Craig AdoorCraig Adoor, Board Chair
Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
Craig is a kidney transplant recipient and has served on the National Kidney Foundation Board of Advisor's for more than five years. His involvement in the National Kidney Foundation is fueled by his personal connection to kidney disease. He is proud to serve on the board and share his passion with others to help impact the Kidney Community.
Komla AhlijahKomla Ahlijah
Vice President Data & Analytics, Eyecare Partners
Komla became involved with the National Kidney Foundation after a close family member received a kidney transplant. Komla is also involved in the non-profit organization Toys for Togo which is dedicated to providing a healthy childhood experience to needy children and at-risk youth in Togo, West Africa.
Hosea Bartlett (Bart)Hosea Bartlett (Bart)
Physician Relations Manager – Business Development, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Bart has worked at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital for 8 years and has worked in the kidney transplant program there for 5 years. Bart builds relationships with community nephrology groups and educates dialysis unit staff and patients about kidney transplantation. Through these efforts, he has seen the burden of kidney disease on our community and has learned the importance of awareness and prevention.
Kelly Rauh BaumerKelly Rauh Baumer
Vice President, Specialty Services, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
Kelly has experience working with the National Kidney Foundation through SSM Saint Louis University Hospital’s transplant program. She is excited to continue to spread the NKF’s mission to improve the health and well-being of those affected by kidney disease.
John FisherJohn Fisher
Director of OEM Sales, HVACR Business Unit, Emerson Electric
John began his involvement with the NKF Serving Eastern Missouri, Metro East, and Arkansas through his participation in the golf fundraising event. He saw the need for more support and volunteered to join the Board of Directors and the Golf Event Committee. John is active with St. Josephs Institute for the Deaf, United Way, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and other local charities.
Keith B. GullerKeith B. Guller
Owner/Director, Essex Industries, Inc.
Keith has served on the National Kidney Foundations Board of Advisors since 2005 and served as the Board Chair from 2012 - 2018. He is actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations and enjoys traveling, golf, astronomy, camping and geology in his free time.
Kathy JoslinKathy Joslin
SVP Human Resources, Bethesda Health Group, Inc.
Kathy’s connection to the National Kidney Foundation began with serving on the golf committee 12 years ago. After serving on the Board of Directors she was exposed to the serious need for more living kidney donors and she decided to altruistically donate her kidney to a co-worker’s husband in August 2019.
Ron MaurerRon Maurer
Ron believes that the educational opportunities that draw awareness to kidney disease and the resources the NKF provides to all people affected by kidney disease is immeasurable. Ron’s passion is driven by his personal connection to kidney disease through a family member.
Larry McCulleyLarry McCulley
President/CEO, SIHF Healthcare
Larry has two strong connections with kidney disease and the National Kidney Foundation. He has both family members and friends who have donated and received kidneys through transplant. SIHF Healthcare has partnered with the NKF for KEEP Healthy kidney screenings to provide direct education and interventions to address kidney health.
Ira PotterIra Potter
Attorney, Affinity Law Group, LLC
Ira is a kidney donor and serves as a Kidney Advocacy Committee (KAC) member using his personal experience and expertise to inform public-policy makers of kidney related legislation, policies and education.
Gene RidolfiGene Ridolfi
Executive Director, Heart, Vascular and Solid Organ Transplantation, Barnes Jewish Hospital
As the Executive Director for the Solid Organ Transplant Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine Gene’s responsibilities include oversight of day-to-day operations inclusive quality and regulatory compliance. He works jointly with the school of medicine and co-chairs the Transplant Center Steering Committee which is a joint effort with the school of medicine for the advancement of current transplant programs and the implementation of new programs. He also oversees the rapidly growing Mechanical Circulatory Support Assist Device Program and the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Renal Network. Gene is an active member of the UNOS Transplant Administrators committee for several years. He started as a regional representative, then vice chair and currently serves as chair of the UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee.
Claire SchenkClaire Schenk
Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP
As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Claire advocates for clients in the areas of health care fraud and abuse, False Claims Act litigation and other complex white-collar litigation. Drawing upon her 14-year history with the Department of Justice and service as a Chief, Claire represents and advises health care providers, registrants under the Controlled Substances Act and government contractors. Claire enjoys guiding physician groups, hospitals, pharmaceutical groups and government contractors through the maze of complex and overlapping government regulatory schemes and assisting with the resolution of compliance concerns. Claire regularly represents health care providers and government contractors in a wide range of False Claims Act lawsuits, obtaining dismissals and successful resolutions for her clients. Parallel to this litigation, Claire navigates her clients through the myriad number of related administrative proceedings and compliance concerns involving licensure and participation in Federal programs. Throughout her career, Claire has represented clients in bet-the-company litigation and commercial litigation matters. She has also frequently served as a court-appointed receiver in litigation initiated by the SEC, the FTC, and the SBA, and served as counsel in Receivership litigation. Claire has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law and Criminal Defense: White-Collar Law, from 2014-2022 (by BL Rankings).
Kim SkrainkaKim Skrainka
Director of Operations, Fresenius Medical Care
Kim has served on the board of advisors a little over a year and has consistently been one of the top walkers at the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk.
Juli Van HookJuli Van Hook
Head of Sponsor Finance Lending, Stifel Bank & Trust
Kim is married with two children that are 12 and 10. She enjoys playing tennis, golf and traveling. She is on the Finance and Audit Committee for the city of Manchester, MO.
Heather WertinHeather Wertin
Program Manager, Abdominal Transplant Programs, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Heather donated one of her kidneys to her sisters’ husband in 2002 and would do it again if she had a spare! Through her lifelong career in the transplant field, she has seen first-hand the transformative impact of transplant in peoples lives. Heather is passionate about transplant and educating patients about the process.